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Austronesian Root Theory : an essay on the limits of morphology.

Author: Robert A Blust
Publisher: Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., 1988.
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Since the pioneering analyses of Renward Brandstetter (1860-1942) a quasi-morphological element called the 'root' has been recognized in Austronesian linguistics. This monograph confronts many of the methodological and substantive issues raised but never fully resolved by Brandstetter. In an effort to reassess the value of his work for contemporary linguistics the author examines Brandstetter's methods and results,  Read more...
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Blust, Robert A.
Austronesian Root Theory : An essay on the limits of morphology.
Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, ©1988
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Blust
ISBN: 9789027282095 9027282099 1283234041 9781283234047
OCLC Number: 746747255
Description: 1 online resource (202 pages)
Contents: 1. Preface; 2. Tables and Figures; 3. Abbreviations used in the text; 4. Introduction; 5. 1. On "root theory"; 6. 2. The morpheme: two operational definitions; 7. 3. A synoptic history of Austronesian root theory; 8. 4. A critique of Brandstetter's theory of the root; 9. 4.1. Control of chance; 10. 4.2. Failure to recognize regular sound change; 11. 4.3. Use of cognates to establish a root; 12. 4.4. Overgeneralization; 13. 4.5. Arbitrariness of "root variation"; 14. 4.6. The non-argument for word-base formatives; 15. 5. Austronesian root theory revisited; 16. 5.1. The empirical reality of the root; 17. 5.2. The characteristics of the root; 18. 5.3. The root in linguistic comparison: asset or liability?; 19. 5.4. The psychological reality of the root; 20. 5.5. The origin of roots; 21. 6. Related matters; 22. 6.1. Initial consonant symbolism; 23. 6.2. Medial consonant symbolism; 24. 6.3. Final consonant symbolism; 25. 6.4. Gestalt symbolism; 26. 6.5. McCune's analysis of Bahasa Indonesia; 27. 7. Implications for general linguistic theory; 28. 8. Appendices; 29. 8.1. Appendix 1; 30. 8.2. Appendix 2; 31. 8.3. Appendix 3; 32. Notes; 33. References; 34. Index

Abstract:

Since the pioneering analyses of Renward Brandstetter (1860-1942) a quasi-morphological element called the 'root' has been recognized in Austronesian linguistics. This monograph confronts many of the methodological and substantive issues raised but never fully resolved by Brandstetter. In an effort to reassess the value of his work for contemporary linguistics the author examines Brandstetter's methods and results, and applies a modified from of this approach to new material. The study establishes 230 roots based on more than 2,560 root tokens in some 117 languages. It is thus intended to serv.

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